Observatory Hill, Darjeeling

Observatory Hill, Darjeeling

Observatory Hill, Darjeeling

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Observatory Hill is a hill near Chowrasta square, or The Mall as it is popularly known, in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India. Magnificent views of snow-clad peaks, including Mount Kanchenjunga, are visible from the Observatory Hill. The Bhutia Busty monastery was originally located here. Now the hill has the temple of Mahakal.Two important arteries of the town, Nehru Road and Bhanubhakta Sarani, meet at Chowrasta.Agarwala, A.P. (editor), Guide to Darjeeling Area, 27th edition, p. 68, ISBN 81-87592-00-1.


The Bhutia Busty monastery, the oldest monastery in Darjeeling, was first located on Observatory Hill. It was built in 1765 by Lama Dorje-Rinzing. The name Darjeeling is believed to have originated when monks of the monastery referred to the region as "Dorje-ling", meaning the land of the thunderbolt. Another school of thought believes that it was named after Dorje-Rinzing. The monastery was sacked by a Gorkha invasion in 1815. It was rebuilt in 1861 and was moved to its present location in Bhutia Busty in 1879. The ill-fated monastery was again destroyed by a 1934 earthquake and owes its present existence to the Raja of Sikkim.Agarwala, A.P. (editor), Guide to Darjeeling Area, 27th edition, p. 78, ISBN 81-87592-00-1.


Rising abruptly from Chowrasta is the hilltop. Situated atop is the ancient temple of...
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